Olympics Qualifiers: Crested Cranes Seek To Protect Advantage

Tuesday, October 31
•Cameroon Vs Uganda – 7pm (EAT)

Uganda Women’s National football team, the Crested Cranes, seek to secure their spot in the upcoming phase of the 2024 Paris Women’s Olympic Football Tournament as they prepare to take on Cameroon.

The team holds a 2-0 lead in the tie, courtesy of goals by Catherine Nagadya and Fazilla Ikwaput at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru during the previous encounter.

Goalkeeper Vanesa Karungi’s remarkable save against Cameroon’s captain Ajara Nchout Njoya from a penalty helped Uganda maintain a clean sheet.

Anticipating the return leg, interim coach Charles Ayiekho acknowledged the challenge ahead, especially playing against West African countries on their home turf but expressed confidence in their preparation.

“We’re well-prepared, having had several training sessions. The team remains in good form,” Ayiekho stated.

“Although we maintained the same squad as the first leg, we’ll adapt to a larger, natural grass pitch. Yet, the determination of the girls gives me hope that we’ll succeed.”

It promises to be a challenging task for Uganda whoo seek to eliminate a well oiled and experienced Indomitable Lionesses side.

Cameroon are bossing with storied history having finished second at Five Women AFCON tournaments (1991, 2004, 2014, and 2016).

The Country has as well participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and also competed at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The aggregate winner between Uganda and Cameroon will move on to face either Nigeria or Ethiopia in the subsequent round.

Crested Cranes squad in Cameroon:

Daisy Nakaziro, Vanessa Edith Karungi, Gloria Namakula

Asia Nakibuuka, Sumaya Komuntale, Shadia Nankya, Desire Katisi Natooro, Bridget Nabisaalu

Joan Nabirye, Phiona Nabbumba, Zaitun Namaganda, Shamirah Nalugya, Jackline Adong

Fauzia Najjemba, Fazila Ikwaput, Catherine Nagadya, Joanitah Ainembabazi, Lillian Kasuubo, Elizabeth Nakigozi, Anita Namata



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